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Hi Jayboy - I have to take pain meds on a daily basis due to a chronic pain condition. I have a very addictive personality and had major troubles over the past 6 years taking my pills as prescribed. Like you, part of the problem was that the meds were not sufficiently treating my pain but I also know that I took them at other times just because I "wanted" too. I told my doctors that I was having this problem and wanted to go off the meds. Unfortunatley, they will not do surgery for me for at least 5 more years ( I am too young for the surgery they want to do, she wants me to be at least 35 because it will prevent me from ever being able to have kids. NO doctor wants to do it for me) and that means that I cannot go off the pills. It may be the same with you until you can get your pain problem resolved...sometimes it is out of our hands. I know that if I go off my meds I end up in the hospital because of the pain and then my condition worsens. SO.... they switched me to a med that actually treated the pain properly (methadone) so I didn't need to take more to self-medicate my pain AND now I have my brother hold my meds for me and dole them out in the proper amount each morning. I had to give up control of the meds completely. Hopefully someday I will be strong enough and in contol of my addiction to hold them myself.

You should really talk to your doctors about your concerns. The first thing to tell them is that the dose of meds they have you on is not making your pain better. They may be able to adjust the dosage or even change meds completely. That way you will not feel the need to take more of the meds than prescribed for pain management issues. You should also tell them your concerns about your anxiety and that you feel the urge to take more of the pills to feel "better" about that. If you don't already, you may want to think about having your anxiety treated by a doctor. There are many non-addictive medications that can work for that sort of thing. I have problems with anxiety/depression and I take an anti-depressant called celexa. I have had a lot of success with it. I also have a med to take when my anxiety feels out of control called Lorazapam. If your anxiety is one of the reasons you feel you are taking extra percocet, treating it with the proper meds might be able to stop that urge for you. The best thing you can do is discuss all of this with your doctor. They are very used to hearing about these sorts of problems when it comes to patients and pain medications so you don't need to feel embarrassed.

Good Luck! Keep us posted as to what you decide to do. :)





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